Good leadership makes all the difference.

That’s been especially true for the Frankenmuth Community Foundation, which on Monday elected a new chairman to its Board of Governors. Terry Weiss, a Frankenmuth native and longtime community volunteer, replaces Jon Webb, who served in that post for four years.

Webb, who has two years remaining on the board, continues the tradition started by Karen Zehnder of stepping down from the Chairmanship prior to the completion of his term so he can serve in an advisory role and ease the new Chairman’s transition. 

Both men say the Foundation has been blessed with great leaders since its 1976 inception.

“Throughout its history, the Foundation has shown steady growth from both a financial and awareness point of view, thanks to the efforts of many people who have served on the Board of Governors,” Weiss said. “This is especially true in the last five years when the growth has been significant.  

“The foresight and leadership of people like Karen Zehnder, Jon Webb, Executive Director Steve List and many others have put the Foundation in the forefront of Frankenmuth's philanthropic efforts.”

The nine-member, all-volunteer board supports projects related to five key areas: recreation, education, leadership, economic growth and community good. Board members are Jim Bickel, Joe Cramer, Julie Gafkay, Nancy Haskin, Tim Hildner, Sue Piesko and Bob Zeilinger.

Since the Foundation was created 40 years ago, more than $2 million has been allocated to groups and programs working to enhance the quality of life in our community. 

“Of course this is made possible due to the very giving nature of Frankenmuth citizens, as well as business and community leaders who are always willing to support the development of worthwhile projects here,” said Weiss, who joined the Foundation Board one year ago.

Weiss, 67, is retired from Mike Young Buick GMC, where he worked as general manager for 20 years. He is also active in Frankenmuth’s Noon Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation and St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. 

Webb, former director of the Frankenmuth Historical Association, began a new position this week as executive director and president of the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History.

Webb said he is proud of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation’s growth in the four years he served as chairman.

“That growth can be directly attributed to our hiring of Steve List as executive director. Terry Weiss has a great working relationship with Steve, and they will make a terrific team going forward,” Webb said.

In addition to Weiss as chairman, the executive committee includes Hildner as Vice Chairman, Haskin as Secretary, and Bickel as Treasurer. Other leadership positions include Zeilinger as chairman of the Grant Review Committee, Haskin as chairman of the Youth Advisory Committee, and Gafkay as chairman of the Elections & Governance Committee.

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